Jamaal Charles # RB
Height: 5-11 Weight: 199 Age: 30
Born: 12/27/1986 Port Arthur , TX
Experience: 10th season
High School: Memorial HS [Port Arthur, TX]
Selected By: Kansas City Chiefs
Pick (Overall): 10 (73)
Jamaal Charles, a three-time All-Big Twelve Conference selection gave the Longhorns their 13th 1,000-yard rusher since the 1995 season during his junior season.
He is the only running back in UT history to post a run of at least 80 yards and a reception of at least 70 yards in the same game. During his three years at the university, he generated 102 rushing attempts that gained at least 10 yards, including 31 carries for over 20 yards and had 16 receptions for 10 yards or longer.
Charles was also a standout for the Longhorns' track and field team. The four-time All-American clocked a personal-best 10.26 seconds in the 100-meter dash in winning the Big Twelve Conference title as a freshman. That season, he also ran the third leg of Texas' first-place 4x100m relay (39.19) at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships to help Texas land an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.
At Memorial High School, Charles was a two-time first-team Class 5A All-State tailback. He rushed for 4,107 yards and 50 touchdowns during his last two years. The Parade All-America selection played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and broke a Port Arthur career rushing record held by Joe Washington that stood for more than 30 years.
Charles was an Associated Press All-State choice as a senior, adding Offensive MVP honors by the Houston Chronicle. He was named District 22-5A Player of the Year as a junior and senior, rushing for 2,056 yards on 260 carries and recorded 25 touchdowns as a senior. The tailback earned first-team All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association and second-team All-State accolades from the Associated Press as a junior.
He received the Willie Ray Smith Award given to the Best High School Offensive Player in Southeast Texas in 2003, rushing for 2,051 yards and 25 touchdowns to help his team to the 5A Division II quarterfinals. Charles underwent shoulder surgery in 2003, but in his first game back, he posted 371 yards on 49 carries vs. Midland Lee High in 2004. He also had 400 yards on 31 carries and six scores vs. Spring Westfield and recorded 258 yards and four touchdowns in one half vs. Baytown Sterling that season.
Charles also lettered in track, winning the Texas Class 5A state championships in the 110m hurdles (13.69) and 300m hurdles (36.03) as a senior. Both of his winning times led the nation. He was a member of the national record-setting 4x200m relay team as a sophomore and received a bronze medal in the 2003 World Youth Championships in the 400m hurdles.
Heavily recruited, Charles enrolled at Texas in 2005, turning down scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Nebraska and Notre Dame. Coming from an athletic family, he joined his brother, Shanderric Charles, who played running back at Southern Methodist (2001-02), his cousin, Graylin Johnson, who played safety at Texas (1989-90) and cousin, RaShonta LeBlanc, who plays basketball at Louisiana State (2004-present) as members of the family who have starred at the collegiate level.
Charles started three of 13 contests for Texas in 2005. He earned Freshman all-American honorable mention and Freshman All--Big Twelve Conference honors from The Sporting News and was named the Big Twelve Offensive Freshman of the Year by the conference's coaches. He finished fifth on the UT freshman rushing chart with 878 yards on 119 carries (7.4-yard average), despite battling an ankle injury for three games. His 11 touchdowns on the ground rank second on the school's freshmen season-record list, as he also added 157 yards and a pair of scores on 14 receptions (11.2-yard average).
Because of track commitments, Charles did not get much practice time prior to the 2006 football season. He sat out vs. Sam Houston State with an ankle sprain and despite leading the team with 831 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries (5.3-yard average), fumble issues and a lack of strength made it a trying season. He also caught 18 passes for 183 yards (10.2-yard average) and a score.
As urged by the coaching staff, Charles spent the 2007 offseason in the training room, not on the Texas track team. The result was an additional 15 pounds of muscle on his once lanky frame. He asked the coaching staff to leave him in practice longer to help condition him for the rigors of a season.
Charles went on to produce 1,619 yards on 258 carries (6.3-yard average), the fourth-best season total in school history. His 18 touchdown runs rank tied for fifth on the UT single-season list, as he also came up with 199 yards on 17 catches (11.7-yard average) to finish his junior year with 1,818 all-purpose yards. He ran for over 100 yards seven times during his 13 starts and, outside of missing the second half of the Texas Tech clash with a left ankle sprain, he was relatively healthy for the first time in his career.
For that performance, Charles was tabbed a Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) semifinalist and earned unanimous first-team All-Big Twelve Conference honors. He was named UT's George "Hook" McCullough co-MVP, the Darrell K. Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player and the Clyde Littlefield Outstanding Offensive Back. He led the league and ranked 10th in the nation, averaging 124.54 yards per game rushing.
In 38 games at Texas, Charles started 17 contests. He rushed 533 times for 3,328 yards (6.2-yard average), the fourth-best career total in school history, as his 36 touchdowns on the ground rank tied for fifth in Longhorn annals. He gained 539 yards with three scores on 49 receptions (11.0-yard average) and recorded four tackles (three solo). He scored 234 points and ran for at least 100 yards 11 times, finishing with 3,867 all-purpose yards.